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New York to Introduce “First Responder” License Plates

  • 4 April 2014
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The new plates are designed to make it easier to recognize emergency response vehicles during storms or other emergency situations. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the vehicle must either be owned or controlled and registered in the name of the agency or locality in order to be eligible for the new plate.

The plates have a white background with a red banner and have the letters “EM” on them for Emergency Management.

EPA’s Waters of US/Wetlands Rule

  • 2 April 2014
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On March 25, 2014, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) released their long-awaited proposed rule to clarify regulation under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands.  According to EPA, “Determining Clean Water Act protection for streams and wetlands because confusing and complex following Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006.  For nearly a decade, members of Congress, state and local officials, industry, agriculture, environmental groups, and the public asked for a rulemaking to provide clarity.”

Farewell Friend

  • 13 March 2014
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Announcing the retirement of the Town of Liberty’s Working Supervisor of Water and Sewer Department, Albert Picard. After 36 years of service with the town Albert has decided to spend more time with his wife Virginia, his two children and his four grandchildren. Albert has always supported NYRWA.  I, Rich Winters and Steve Grimm have often worked with Albert in his system and am sure we will both miss his professionalism. Here’s wishing you the best in whatever the next chapter of your life brings your way. Gods speed my friend.

NYRWA 35th Annual Business Meeting

  • 12 March 2014
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Just a reminder to all our Voting Members, please plan to join us for the 35th Annual Business Meeting  scheduled for Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the Turning Stone Resort and Conference Center in Verona, NY.  For those voting members present, you have an opportunity to enter our drawing to win “The Meredith H. Thompson Training Award” that entitles the winner to join us and attend the National Rural Water Association Annual Technical Expo this October in Seattle, Washington.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

Updated Design Standards for Intermediate Sized Wastewater Treatment Systems

  • 10 March 2014
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On March 5, 2014, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) released updated Design Standards for Intermediate Sized Wastewater Treatment Systems. These are available at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/95768.html. The design standards are applicable for municipal, private, commercial and institutional SPDES wastewater permits.

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